Madrid is one of the most popular cities in Spain and this reputation is so for various reasons. Whether you are visiting Spain’s capital city for ten days or two, there are a number of things to see, do and desire in the area. From culture to cuisine, architectural majesty to collections, art and sports, fashion, lifestyle and more, Madrid is a definite destination for anyone who has never been there. There is simply too much to behold and it may be a little overwhelming to decide what to engage in and which places to visit. However, you should not worry about that as here are a few things to start with.
Start with the cuisine on your walk along Plaza Mayor
The best way to experience culture and lifestyle of a place is simply to walk around the streets and get a bite of some native or national delicacies known for the area. The popular advice tourists get when they visit Madrid is to buy and eat a squid roll while walking around. There are many restaurants and shops that offer this renowned Spanish delicacy. The Plaza mayor area is a good place to walk along and just experience the life and energy within this street. Many restaurants and bars there also offer you a squid roll to keep your happy nerves on.
Visit the museums
Everyone who has been to Madrid knows the majesty of the architecture. It is a city befitting a capital at the seat of an empire. The museums offer the best proof of this and there are a number to visit. Some of the most acclaimed include Museo Reina Sofia, Museo Del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Sorolla among others. What’s amazing is that each has a different style ranging from traditional and classic to contemporary. They are also filled with awe-inspiring collections (permanent ones to be precise). Check the websites of these museums for more information on what your eyes will behold.
Visit Templo de Debod
This Egyptian temple was gifted to Spain back in 1968 and provides some amazing views for you to take shots of and keep lasting memories. You can see Palacio Real, Cathedral de la Almudena and Casa Del Campo as well as the incredible mountain views. It also offers relaxing picnics and strolls.
Where to stay
If you are looking for something luxurious then the five star hotel Hesperia Madrid is a great place to stay. There are different types of accommodation plans all designed and arranged in the highest of standards. The food is excellent and the hotel’s location allows you to visit the the most popular places in the city.
There are many other places to visit including the Royal Palace, the Retiro boat ride, Attocha Train Station and Puerta Del Sol among others. If your first time here you may under-estimate how much there is to see here. Just accept that you won’t be able to see everything and enjoy your time here.